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Randy Craig sings a song at Connor ONeill's Tuesday night open mic.
Jonathan Castner
Randy Craig sings a song at Connor ONeill’s Tuesday night open mic.

Boulder is a great town to develop your artistic talents, and there are plenty of open mics, jam nights and poetry readings to get you on your way.

Lots of local bands and writers got their stage experiences in Boulder, so here’s a guide to help you find the right place to show off your stuff.

Conor O’Neills

Where: 1922 13th St., Boulder

When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays

Phone: 303-449-1922


One of Boulder’s longest-lasting open mic nights takes place every Tuesday at Conor O’Neill’s pub.

Boulder musician Danny Shafer runs the night, and the weekly music event lets artists of all levels try out their tunes on local audiences.

Johnny’s Cigar Bar

Where: 1801 13th St., Boulder

When: 7:30 p.m. Mondays

Phone: 303-449-0884


Johnny’s Cigar Bar has undergone a new change with its open mic nights.

The club had been hosting a virtual open mic night, but this semester, the nights will take a new twist.

Dechen Hawk is a well-known local musician and he is now hosting the four-hour open mic nights that take place every Monday at the cigar bar.

Rock N Soul Cafe

Where: 5290 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

When: 7:30 p.m. Mondays

Phone: 303-443-5108


The Rock N Soul Cafe has a long-running open mic night that steps up into full gear again this fall.

Most Monday nights, the cafe hosts an open mic night. Occasionally, the venue throws in a special open mic/karaoke jam night.

Abo’s on the Hill

Where: 1124 13th St., Boulder

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays

Phone: 303-443-3199


Abo’s on the Hill has gotten into the open jam mode.

However, this pizza place prefers to hold its jam bluegrass-style. Every Thursday, Abo’s hosts its weekly bluegrass pick.

This is a great place to show off your twang skills and meet other performers.

Boulder Outlook Hotel

Where: 800 28th St.

When: 7:30 p.m. Sundays

Phone: 303-443-3322


If you want to show off your blues and jam skills, then head over to the Boulder Outlook Hotel.

The hotel offers several opportunities a week for musicians to show off their skills.

Every Sunday, the Outlook features alternating blues and jazz jam nights. Then, the Boulder Blues Club jam takes place several Mondays a month, and there’s another blues jam that runs several Tuesdays a month.

Laughing Goat Coffeehouse

Where: 1709 Pearl St., Boulder

When: 8 p.m. Mondays

Phone: 303-440-4628


Student poets and locals can try out their rhymes at the Laughing Goat’s weekly poetry reading.

Newbies and professional poets show off their works every Monday night at this long-running event. In fact, this poetry reading is held every week — rain, shine or holidays.

Boulder Draft House

Where: 2027 13th St., Boulder

When: 4:30 p.m. Mondays

Phone: 303-440-5858


Locals that need more Boulder bluegrass action, always head over to the Boulder Draft House.

That’s because the pub hosts its Bluegrass Pick every Monday. The picking party runs from 5 to 7 p.m.

Outback Saloon

Where: 3141 28th St., Boulder

When: 9 p.m. Thursdays

Phone: 303-444-0081


The Outback Saloon on 28th Street has also become part of Boulder’s open mic scene.

The saloon’s inviting artists to bring their own instruments — or use ones provided by the Outback. The venue’s open mic night is held every Thursday.

Oskar Blues Lyons

Where: 303 Main St., Lyons

When: 7:30 p.m. Mondays

Phone: 303-823-6685


Oskar Blues in Lyons hosts an Open stage every Thursday and a weekly bluegrass pick on Tuesdays.

Oskar Blues Longmont

Where: 1555 S. Hover Road , Longmont

When: 7:30 p.m. Mondays

Phone: 303-458-9400


Meanwhile, the Oskar Blues in Longmont hosts an electric blues jam every Monday.

Waterloo Icehouse

Where: 809 S. Main St., Louisville

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays

Phone: 303-303-993-2094


Finally, the Waterloo Icehouse in nearby Louisville features an acoustic open mic night every Thursday.

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